Hooked on Hope, Inc. was founded in 2009 by Captain Lori Deaton and her sister Mary Ostien. The organization proudly serves the breast cancer patients of Tampa Bay and is managed by an amazing team of talented, dedicated volunteers.
The organization started as a dream when these sisters were talking about their respective lives and careers. You see, Captain Lori is one of the few female licensed fishing charter captains in Tampa Bay. Mary, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, has worked with the organization’s benefactor Dr. Charles Cox in Oncology Healthcare and Education for over two decades. The conversation turned to the lack of women in the fishing industry and Lori’s accounting of female anglers she has chartered and taught how to fish; or whom she entered fishing tournaments with. Lori remarked at how these women truly loved to fish. Mary shared stories of the breast cancer patients she worked with and grew to love, admire, and respect. Before long, the sisters were talking about the lack of any fishing tournaments to benefit local breast cancer patients. So they thought why not combine Lori’s expertise as a professional fishing guide and Mary’s background in breast cancer healthcare and education to do something for the patients in the Tampa Bay Communities. The wheels were now in motion.
Selecting a benefactor was an easy choice! Dr. Charles E. Cox, world-renown breast cancer clinician, surgeon, and researcher was approached by the sisters to present their concept for a non-profit organization to raise funds for his well-deserving patients. Over delicious plates of cheeseburgers and fries; Dr. Cox, Lori, and Mary shared ideas, concepts, hopes, and dreams for the future of this unlikely non-profit group.
Fast-forward nine years and the sisters, along with their Executive Committee and unstoppable team of volunteers, will be hosting the 9th Annual Inshore Fishing Tournament, Silent Auction, and Pamper Party on October 13 & 14, 2017. To date, this tenacious team has raised over $300,000 for the patients of Dr. Charles E. Cox, Director of the University of South Florida Breast Health Program. Not only is their method of raising money out of the ordinary, so is the purpose for which those dollars are used. Unlike many fundraising efforts that generate dollars to research a cure, they tackle direct patient care! Lori and Mary feel very strongly that they want to help uninsured and underinsured women with medically needed items such as post-surgical garments, and even money for treatment support for things such as prescriptions or office and hospital visit co-pays and living expenses.
The mission statement of Hooked on Hope is “Making a world of difference right here in the TampaBay communities.” The organization is committed to making a difference in the lives of breast cancer patients and their families for many years to come.
Hooked on Hope, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization * EID #26-1986514
To date, Hooked on Hope has raised nearly $300,000 for the breast cancer patients in the Tampa Bay Communities!
Funds are used to purchase, post-operative medically needed surgical garments, and other needed items not covered by insurance, for approximately 200 uninsured and under insured patients each year! In addition, the organization has partnered with local specialty companies to pay for 'lymphedema sleeves' for those breast cancer patients or survivors with the debilitating condition known as 'lymphadema.'
In addition, a grants program helps patients fighting breast cancer with treatment support grants between $500 and $1,500 as "treatment support" during breast cancer treatment. Hooked on Hope grants are used to assist patients with items such as prescriptions, office co-pays, and hospital co-pays and living expenses, during breast cancer treatment. Funds are intended for un-insured or under-insured breast cancer patients.
Hooked on Hope funds are used to assist patients with items such as prescriptions, office co-pays, and hospital co-pays during breast cancer treatment. Funds are intended for un-insured or under-insured breast cancer patients.
For additional information, please contact (813) 735-6975 or (813) 967-5032.